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Destination Imagination

Does your child like to engineer, draw, act or build? If so, your kids are going to LOVE Destination Imagination. Over 350 Newton students have participated in this life changing program and this year is going to be the biggest yet!!

Registration is now open!

What is DI? (watch an intro video for parents)

This year’s 2017 – 2018 Challenges!!! (Show your kids these videos)
Technical Challenge
Scientific Challenge
Engineering Challenge
Fine Arts Challenge
Improvisational Challenge
Social Action Challenge

Please email any questions to: matthew@newtondi.net

Middle School Resources updated page

The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases.

We have updated the middle school resources webpage that we created this spring and have added resources for parents like: do-it-yourself tips and guidelines for helping children find productive ways to use their out of school time in a home-based setting and some information on seeking financial aid. We welcome any feedback and ideas you have for this page.

Grab Some BBQ at Whole Foods and Support Our Schools

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Whole Foods Markets at Four Corners and Newtonville and support Newton Schools Foundation. For just $5 you’ll get a beef or veggie burger, chips, and a drink, and Whole Foods will donate 100 percent of your purchase to NSF and match up to $1000!

August 11th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newtonville – 647 Washington Street
Four Corners – 916 Walnut Street

www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org

Historic Newton events of interest to children and families

August 16th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: AT HOME AT THE HOMESTEAD
The Jackson Homestead has been occupied for over 200 years, and has seen many changes come to Newton. The Little House by Caldecott Award winner and Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Homestead. Explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a house’s perspective in this fun program. For children ages 18 months to 6 years and their caregivers. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.

August 28th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: FREEDOM
Today we will read the Caldecott Award winning book Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on a true story of one man’s unique, creative escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henry’s Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

September 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free

October 1st, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
HAYFEST
Come enjoy 19th century crafts at the Jackson Homestead! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

Summer Yoga for kids

Summer kids yoga with Tracy Affonso is being held on Thursdays at 4:30 pm at Artemis Yoga in Watertown. Tracy is a former NPS teacher who is a popular kids’ yoga and mindfulness instructor.

Drop-in (as your schedule permits) if you are looking for something after camp or in the late afternoon. Classes will run for the next 8 weeks. Ages: 5 to 12. Sign up for all classes or just a few, please register online by clicking here.

Thursdays, July 6th to August 24th,  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown